Offensive lineman DeSouza to miss remainder of season with two broken legs

Maryland offensive lineman Pete DeSouza, who started the past three games, suffered two broken legs in an accident on his motor scooter and is out for the season, the school said Friday.

DeSouza, a right tackle, was expected to have surgery and remain hospitalized through the weekend, according to a Maryland news release. It said he "is expected to make a full recovery, but will be out for the rest of the season."

According to an earlier Department of Public Safety release, DeSouza "was operating a motor scooter traveling westbound on Campus Drive when a motorist turned left in front of DeSouza near the Stamp Student Union. DeSouza's scooter collided with the vehicle causing DeSouza to go down."

The accident occurred Thursday night. The other driver was cited "for failing to yield right of way," university police Capt. Marc Limansky said in an e-mail reply to The Baltimore Sun.

DeSouza is a redshirt freshman from Silver Spring. He attended DeMatha.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Pete and his family, and we'll help them any way we can," coach Ralph Friedgen said in a prepared statement. "We hope he makes a speedy recovery."

Maryland plays at Boston College today.

DeSouza became the starter after left tackle Justin Gilbert suffered a season-ending knee injury last month. The Terps shifted R.J. Dill to the left side to cover for Gilbert, and moved DeSouza into Dill's spot on the right side.

Maryland has several options for replacing DeSouza. Nick Klemm, a redshirt freshman from Marietta, Ga., is listed as DeSouza's backup and could be elevated to first-string. Another option would be to insert highly touted freshman Max Garcia, from Norcross, Ga., at left tackle and return Dill to the right side. The team was en route to Boston on Friday, and there was no immediate word on which approach coaches would take.

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